Sprucing up the Fireplace, Plus a little Christmas

I painted our fireplace a bright white. It is obviously the focal point in the room so I knew I wanted to paint it, but I didn’t think I would always love it if I did some bright color or black or grey. I decided to keep it white, but give it a nice coat of bright white. When I started painting it, I was shocked at just how much brighter it was than the original color.

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I was actually a little scared that it would look really bad with the rest of the room being cream, but once I was finished it wasn’t that noticeable at all. I used Valspar Perfect White and I love how bright and crisp it is. I need to pick up a couple more gallons of it.

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I also put some contact paper on the hearth because the painted brick is chipped in some spots.

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Unfortunately I tore it soon after I put it down. It’s ok though because I really didn’t like the way it looked. For now, the chippy paint is fine. You can’t really tell unless you get close to it anyway. I found black marble contact paper at Home Depot that I will put on here later. I figure if that tears, it won’t be noticeable with the black paint underneath.

Now, if you follow the blog’s Facebook or Instagram page, you will know that I’m already decorating for Christmas. I know, I know, that’s blasphemy to some of you, but I’m doing it anyway. Between all the projects I’ve got going on and traveling out of town for Thanksgiving, I just figured it would be easier for me to tackle one holiday’s decorations, rather than two.  Here is a sneak peek of what I’m doing this year. My husband and girls requested a multi-colored theme so I’m trying my hardest to give it to them.

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It’s still a work in progress. I had some lights on the mantle too, but I couldn’t keep Olivia away from them so I took them down. I am hoping to find some battery powered lights that will work up there. I also have two plant stands on either side of the fireplace that I want to put a couple of Norfolk Island Pines in. They are beautiful plants and I can just add them to my collection  in the sunroom when the season is over.

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I still have a lot of decorating to do, but I thought it would be fun to share a little now and hopefully give you some ideas when you break out your Christmas boxes after Thanksgiving. I hope you all have a great feast and hopefully some quality time with loved ones and friends!

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